The Unification of the Body of Christ by John David Harwood
And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:11-16 (nasb)
In order to fix the issues that we face in our world today, we must come together as a unified body of Christ. It demands that everyone plays their role and seeks to do God’s will. This is what He is waiting for us to do. He needs everyone to stand up for the freedom of which we are entitled. This is not a one-man show. It demands that the whole body be fitted and held together and molded into a mature body of Christ. We must build up the body by filling it with the Word of God. We must quench the thirst for the Lord by seeking God’s truth.
And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with man’-na which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 8:3 (nasb)
Jesus therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world. They said therefore to Him, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
John 6:32-35 (nasb)
And beyond all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Je’-sus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.
Colossians 3:14-17 (kjv)
In living godly lives, we need one another in order to accomplish this. It is not a battle that anyone wishes to fight alone. Knowing that we have brothers and sisters in Christ with us, as well as angels, is very reassuring and helps us to carry on when we face difficult challenges in life. As one body of Christ, we are able to accomplish all things. The strength of this body in unity is one that is supernatural and supersedes all evil. It is strength from above.
I believe that the best method for ministering to those who have been deceived is to show our faith by our works. When people who have not been exposed to this see it, a curiosity from within arises in their hearts. However, we must always stand firm and be strong—never letting ourselves fall into the traps that the enemy attempts to use against us, as there are many due to mass corruption. Be mindful that your adversary has been on this earth for a long time, until God defeats the deception by Jesus during the second coming. Be aware of the enemy’s attempts from every angle to confuse and manipulate. Use that heightened sense of awareness to see it before it happens. Know that Satan’s army is of no comparison to the unified body of Christ in all its might and absolute power. By being at peace we shun off any and all attempts by Satan to come into our lives. Satan really only wants to disrupt our lives and to get a rise out of us at all cost. He will do anything to try and accomplish his goal of chaos. Your enemy thrives on chaos.
Shut down the opposition by being at peace and allowing God to be at the center of your life. If God is with us, who can be against us? No one.
First Corinthians 16:13-14 (nasb) says, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
By standing firm I insist on being of the mind-set: I cannot be bought. I will not be intimidated. I will not be threatened. I will not let anything or anyone keep me from doing God’s will. I am a humble servant that puts God first, before all things. This is the final and absolute truth.
The words of Jesus Christ:
“But when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you are praying do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Matthew 6:6-8 (nasb)
The Lord’s prayer says:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9- 13 (nasb)
The Hidden Treasure by John David Harwood
Matthew 13: 44 (nasb) says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.”
I believe that this verse is symbolic of how in order to see the kingdom of heaven we must give up all that we know in our earthy lives and seek first the kingdom of God. This means putting away all former ways of living into a new heavenly state of being. In our world today this quite possibly requires giving up all that we formerly understood, believed, and possessed in order to find our new life with Christ. I believe that in reference to the phrase “selling all that he has,” Jesus is telling us to seek Him. The rewards here on earth are only temporary. However, the rewards in heaven are eternal.
To me this demands restructuring many relationships and figuring out who sincerely desires for you to excel to your full potential. This has always been a question in my mind… As I have attempted to seek God first, I feel that I have been judged by many. I know that many have looked upon this as being “crazy” or “not of the world” (For the world does not understand it…) but I can tell you that this is the only way to find Christ. We must at some point, preferably sooner than later, acknowledge that our level of spiritual maturity should be our number one priority. This level of maturity I am speaking about is a fortress and a defense against the masses of people who either knowingly or unknowingly attempt to bring you down.
The realization here when I say knowingly and unknowingly is that your enemy can use those who are without Christ to deceive, confuse, and to bring down others. Your adversary’s sole objective is to have us not seek God. He only wants to destroy the everlasting truth. I believe that Satan will at all costs attempt to keep prophecy from being fulfilled for as long as he can with the little power that he has while here on earth. This little power for someone who is not in a personal relationship with God can appear to be very powerful. But when you come to know the absolute power of God and attain the supernatural power, which only comes through the Holy Spirit, then you will know that Satan does not stand a chance. His gift is that of deceit and illusion. Know that by seeking God we are able to recognize these attempts and to stand firmly against him, with no worries or fear…God will protect you…
I want to reiterate the importance of living in the spirit and seeking God first in order to see the kingdom of heaven.
To give it all up in order for a chance to see the kingdom of heaven is what I have come to know. It is not easy by any means, but the rewards are Eternal…